Guest speaker

Wayfinding:  A Story of International Service in the South Pacific

Wayfinding: A Story of International Service in the South Pacific
“Disability”, “service” and “adventure” in American Samoa,
including a visual exploration of community empowerment and culture

Description of presentation:
Across a span of 20 years, Jim Skouge represented the University of Hawai’i providing special education services in American Samoa. Through lasting friendships and adventures his perspectives on life changed.

Dr. James Skouge — recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching — is a retired professor of “special education”, University of Hawai’i. He served Pacific Islander students, including outreach to their Polynesian and Micronesian islands — promoting “digital storytelling”, disability awareness and community voices. A lifelong Unitarian, Jim and his wife Sharon reside both in Honolulu and Victoria, appreciating a marriage approaching 50 years.

The UH College of Education produced a short video documentary of Dr. Skouge’s aspirations and achievements entitled “Wayfinding: Giving Voice through Technology”:

Kung Fu Cowboys:
Tutu Lady:
Lovely Hula Hands:
Before and After:
Wayfinding (Part 1):
Wayfinding (Part 2):